Ikea to install solar panels on eight Calif. locations
Conshohocken, Pa. Ikea said late Wednesday it plans to install solar energy panels on eight of its California locations.
Pending governmental permits, installation can begin in late fall, with completion expected in early 2011.
Collectively, the eight buildings comprise nearly 90% of the Ikea presence in California, and will total 4.5 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, nearly 20,000 panels, and an annual output of 6.65 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. This effort represents the equivalent to reducing 5,268 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in California – equaling the emissions of 914 cars or providing 580 homes electricity yearly.
Ikea will be installing panels at its three stores in Northern California (East Palo Alto, Emeryville and West Sacramento), four stores in Southern California (Burbank, Costa Mesa, Covina and San Diego) and at its distribution center in Tejon — one of the top 10 largest rooftop commercial systems in the United States, according to the retailer.
“This approach is consistent with our commitment to sustainable building practices and we are thrilled that our evaluation determined these projects to be feasible for Ikea,” said Mike Ward, Ikea U.S president.
For the seven stores, Ikea contracted with Gloria Solar — the US Systems Integrator of the E-Ton Solar Group that recently completed a 600 kW program at Ikea Tempe, Ariz.
For the Tejon distribution center — the largest Ikea U.S. building — Ikea contracted with REC Solar for the second largest single-roof commercial system in California.
Food Lion honored with EPA’s Montreal Protocol Award
Salisbury, N.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Food Lion with its 2010 Montreal Protocol Award, a global achievement given for protecting the ozone layer. An international panel of judges representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations reviewed the nominations before selecting the final 19 international recipients.
“Food Lion has been at the forefront of every major innovation in supermarket refrigeration technology for the past three years,” said Keilly Witman, Manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. “It is hard to make environmental advances if no one is willing to be the first to try out environmentally friendlier technologies. GreenChill has come to count on Food Lion to be the first, and Food Lion continues to rise to the occasion.”
Food Lion was one of the first companies to commit to EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. Through routine leak testing, quarterly reporting, and benchmarking by maintenance technicians on leak rates, the company achieved a 7.4% reduction in its corporate-wide commercial refrigeration emissions rate since joining GreenChill.
“Food Lion has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment, identifying ways to become more energy efficient and ensuring we are a socially responsible corporation,” said Susan Sollenberger, director of energy and facility services at Delhaize America and Food Lion. “We have a number of sustainability initiatives under way, including efforts to minimize ozone depletion by reducing refrigerants and selecting more environmentally friendly alternatives for our facilities and stores. We believe this is the right thing to do as global and responsible corporate citizens.”
Shaw’s, Equity One complete solar installation
West Bridgewater, Mass. Shaw’s Supermarkets said Thursday that, in conjunction with building owner Equity One, it has completed the installation of solar panels on the roof of a store in Webster, Mass.
Shaw’s, a division of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, is slated to complete another three solar energy projects with Equity One.
The Webster store installation includes approximately 750 solar panels that generate about 226,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year. The project is estimated to reduce 123 tons of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to removing 50 cars and light trucks from the road or planting 70 acres of forest each year.
“Shaw’s is committed to environmental stewardship and we are pleased to have worked with Equity One on the installation and activation of these solar panels at our store,” Larry Wahlstrom, president of Shaw’s, said in a statement.